I completed Peter Graham’s Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century two days ago and still need to finish compiling my thoughts into something resembling a coherent review of the book, but I can’t get it out of my mind. Graham’s book was published first in New Zealand and Australia back in 2011 but has, I think, been available in North America since 2013.
This true crime book gives a comprehensive account of the gruesome 1954 murder of a woman by her daughter (Paulette Parker) and the daughter’s best friend (Juliette Hulme – who later changed her name to Anne Perry). I have been intrigued by Anne Perry’s criminal past for a number of years and have accumulated a good bit of knowledge and information concerning the bloody murder she encouraged her “friend” to commit. In fact, as it turned out, Paulette was physically incapable of committing the crime herself, and if Juliette/Anne had not been there to hold the older woman down by her throat, the murder may not have been accomplished at all.
I highly recommend Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century to those still searching for answers as to why/how the murder happened and what became of the two killers (other than Perry becoming a world famous author of bloody murder mysteries) after their release from the New Zealand prison system. It is excellent.
Part of my prior research into the crime, of course, led me to the 1994 New Zealand movie directed by Peter Jackson and starring Kate Winslet as Juliette Hulme (Anne Perry).
Heavenly Creatures Movie Trailer
The trailer, although it hints at the murder in a misleading way, does do a good job of showing the state of mind the two girls were in during the time period in which it occurred. The murder scene in the movie is difficult to watch, so I can understand why it is not included in this movie preview.
I plan to have a full review of Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century ready to go in a week or so.